Hailstones lashed down from the graphite-grey sky, stinging my face; I winced as the wind whipped the storm up into a blazing fusillade of ice. Above the rattling of hail on my raincoat I heard the Atlantic exploding furiously against serrated cliffs. Then, as though a switch had been flicked, the storm was over. I uncapped my lens, fitted an ND filter, and captured one of my favourite photographs: the Svörtuloft lighthouse at Öndverðarnes, gleaming bright orange against the stormy sky.Read More
In July I won a prestigious Association of Photographers award for my landscape photography of a Scottish lighthouse dwarfed by storm clouds and a rainbow. That picture is on show with other winners from the AOP Awards at the ‘Beyond the Lens’ festival from Friday 13 – Monday 16 October, at the Old Truman Brewery in London. Here’s how I made it.
This week I learned that two of my travel photographs have made it through to the finals of the Association of Photographers Student Awards. The pictures are both of lighthouses – a subject that I seem to return to time and time again – from travels over the last 18 months to Scotland and Iceland. Both pictures will be on show at Downstairs at Mother London, a creative agency in Shoreditch, from 6 to 28 July.
One thing I sincerely love about travel is the opportunity to endure all kinds of weather (I wrote about this a little in my recent post about a visit to the north of Scotland). Landscapes are often at their best beneath cloudy or stormy skies, and for both of my AOP finalist pictures I had to get quite wet. The orange lighthouse is at Svörtuloft, near Öndverðarnes, the westernmost tip of Iceland’s storm-lashed Snæfellsnes Peninsula.Read More